The cast of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”: Where are they now?

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Hot off Timothée Chalamet's new prequel hitting theaters, EW is revisiting Tim Burton's 2005 film.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory could have been a simple story: Five children win tickets for a factory tour and the fifth kid gets the keys to the candy kingdom. But Roald Dahl's 1964 children's book presents this tale as a thrilling adventure, full of affecting personal tragedies and an exhilarating triumph for young Charlie.

Following a much-loved adaptation in 1971 starring Gene Wilder, writer-director Tim Burton re-imagined the book for the 21st century. His 2005 film is helmed by Johnny Depp, playing Willy Wonka as an awkward but enthusiastic recluse who’s thrilled to show off his magical candy palace, but not quite sure how to relate to the children he's invited inside. The cast also includes Freddie Highmore in an early role as Charlie, Helena Bonham Carter as the boy’s mother, and Deep Roy as dozens of tiny, cocoa-loving Oompa Loompas.

As Timothée Chalamet's new prequel lures audiences back to the Wonkaverse, let's see what the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory cast has been up to since 2005.

Johnny Depp (Willy Wonka)

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It was no surprise that Burton would turn to Johnny Depp to play another eccentric character with a wild wardrobe in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The pair first collaborated on Burton's Edward Scissorhands in 1990, and Depp returned to work with the director on Ed Wood (1994) and Sleepy Hollow (1999).

To play the charming chocolatier, Depp had a milky-white complexion and wore a top hat over a chestnut Prince Valiant bob, a tailored suede jacket, a candy-filled walking stick, and purple latex gloves. It's an unforgettable costume, but the actor had hoped to push the character's look even further. "What I was really excited about was a long nose," Depp told EW. "I brought it up with Tim, and he was like, 'Hang on, hang on. A prosthetic nose? Come on!'"

Depp's inspiration for Wonka's characterization also came from a unique place: the then-current President of the United States. On The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2012, Depp explained, "I imagined what George Bush would be like, incredibly stoned. And thus was born my version of Willy Wonka."

Following Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Depp continued to perform outrageous characters in more Burton films, including Corpse Bride (2005), Sweeney Todd (2007), Alice in Wonderland (2010), and Dark Shadows (2012). He also spent more than a decade in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, playing dissolute pirate hero Jack Sparrow in five films spanning 2003 to 2017.

Depp has been nominated for an Academy Award three times, for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Finding Neverland (2004), and Burton’s Sweeney Todd.

Depp's 2015 marriage to actress Amber Heard ended in divorce in 2017 and led to highly-publicized legal disputes that were finally settled in 2022. He was removed from the Fantastic Beasts franchise, where he played Gellert Grindelwald, after losing a libel suit in 2020 following allegations of abuse from Heard. Since then, he starred in and produced the historical drama Jeanne Du Barry (2023) and directed the upcoming biographical film Modì (2024) about Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani.

The actor has two children from a previous relationship with French actress and singer Vanessa Paradis: daughter, Lily-Rose Depp (The Idol) and son Jack.

Freddie Highmore (Charlie Bucket)

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Plucky young Charlie Bucket was played by Freddie Highmore, who's managed to transition from child performer roles into a successful television career.

At age 12, Highmore's breakthrough role was in the 2004 Johnny Depp film Finding Neverland. Depp was impressed with Highmore's performance and recommended him to Tim Burton for the role of Charlie.

Highmore enjoyed working with Depp on both films, telling Access Daily in 2020, "He never felt like a 'star,' as such. He didn't behave like one. I think when you start off as a kid acting, you don't get caught up in the madness of it. It just feels like a nice group of people that you get to go in and hang out with every day."

Highmore continued to work in films like August Rush (2007) and The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008) for several more years before attending Emmanuel College from 2010 to 2014. He studied Spanish, Arabic, and finance and considered becoming a lawyer, but made the welcome choice to return to acting.

Since his return, Highmore has headlined two successful television shows. His first was Bates Motel (2013–2017), a highly acclaimed prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho that ran for five seasons. In 2017, he began leading the ABC medical drama The Good Doctor, earning a Golden Globe nomination in the process.

Highmore married web designer Klarissa Munz in 2021.

David Kelly (Grandpa Joe)

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Charlie's devoted Grandpa Joe was played by Irish actor David Kelly, who was known for his work on British television. He's best remembered for the 1970s sitcom Robin's Nest and for a scene-stealing turn as the builder Mr. O'Reilly in the classic comedy Fawlty Towers (1975–1979). His other notable roles included Rashers Tierney in Strumpet City (1980) and Michael O'Sullivan in Waking Ned (1998), earning a SAG nomination for the latter.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was one of Kelly's last films. His final screen performance was the 2007 fantasy adventure Stardust with Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Kelly was married to actress Laurie Morton and had two children, David and Miriam. He died in 2012 at age 82.

Helena Bonham Carter (Mrs. Bucket)

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Helena Bonham Carter, who plays Charlie's resilient and optimistic mother, has also been a mainstay in Tim Burton's movies.

Bonham Carter's first lead role was in the 1985 period film A Room With a View, and she continued to star in romantic dramas, including Howards End (1992). She was nominated for an Oscar for 1997's The Wings of the Dove and received another nomination for The King's Speech (2011). She’s also well-known for playing live wire Marla Singer in David Fincher’s Fight Club (1999).

Bonham Carter began a relationship with Burton in 2001 and appeared in his film Big Fish in 2003. She collaborated with Charlie costar Johnny Depp in numerous Burton movies, including Corpse Bride (2005), Sweeney Todd (2007), Alice in Wonderland (2010), and Dark Shadows (2012).

Following Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Bonham Carter played the witch Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter franchise from 2007 to 2011. She also appeared in the heist movie Ocean's 8 (2018) and starred with Millie Bobby Brown in the 2020 Netflix film Enola Holmes.

Bonham Carter received two Emmy nominations for her role as Princess Margaret in seasons 3 and 4 of The Crown (2019–2020).

Her relationship with Burton ended in 2014, though they remain amicable. They have a son, Billy, and a daughter, Nell. In 2018, Bonham Carter began a relationship with art historian Rye Dag Holmboe.

Noah Taylor (Mr. Bucket)

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Noah Taylor first became well-known for the 1996 film Shine, where he played the teenage version of tormented young pianist David Helfgott. He also appeared in Vanilla Sky (2001) with Tom Cruise and played Adolf Hitler in the 2002 drama Max. His other notable films include Almost Famous (2000), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), and Edge of Tomorrow (2014).

Since Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Taylor has been active in science-fiction/fantasy television. He appeared as Locke in the third and fourth seasons of Game of Thrones and played Hitler once again in AMC’s Preacher. The actor also had a supporting role in Peaky Blinders as mob boss Darby Sabini. Recently, he starred in season 2 of the Apple TV+ series Foundation.

Taylor married Australian fashion designer Dionne Harris in 2012.

Missi Pyle (Mrs. Beauregarde)

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Missi Pyle played the overly supportive stage mom to gum-chewing champion Violet Beauregarde, who ballooned into a blueberry.

Pyle first came to the public eye through 1999's Galaxy Quest as Thermian crewmember Laliari, followed by the 2001 live-action Josie and the Pussycats film as antagonist Alexandra Cabot. She also appeared in Bringing Down the House (2003) with Steve Martin and Queen Latifah and Dodgeball (2004) with Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn.

After Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Pyle started a brief country music career, working with actress Shawnee Smith under the name Smith & Pyle. The band broke up in 2011. She then appeared in the Oscar-winning film The Artist (2011) and the 2014 psychological thriller Gone Girl, as well as the Comedy Central series Another Period (2015–2018) and season 2 of Dirty John (2020).

Pyle was married to author Antonio Sacre from 2000 to 2005. She later wed naturalist Casey Anderson in 2008. They divorced in 2013. She has an adopted daughter, Zooey, born in 2015.

James Fox (Mr. Salt)

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James Fox played Mr. Salt, another unwise parent who spoiled his daughter Veruca and followed her down the garbage chute.

Fox's credits date back to the 1960s, with early roles in King Rat and Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines. He left acting in the 1970s but later returned to star in many memorable films, including A Passage to India (1984), Patriot Games (1992), The Remains of the Day (1993), and Sexy Beast (2000).

Since Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fox starred in Sherlock Holmes (2009) and appeared in many British mystery television shows like Midsomer Murders, Death in Paradise, and Downton Abbey.

Fox married Mary Elizabeth Piper in 1973, and they stayed together until her death in 2020. They shared five children: four sons (Robin, Thomas, Laurence, and Jack) and a daughter, Lydia.

Deep Roy (Oompa-Loompas)

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Kenyan-British actor, puppeteer, and stuntman Deep Roy played all of the dancing Oompa-Loompas in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Roy is 4 '4 " tall and is known for playing smaller characters like Fellini in Flash Gordon (1980) and Teeny Weeny in The Neverending Story (1984). He's also puppeteered for Return of the Jedi (1983) and Return to Oz (1985).

Tim Burton originally hired him to play five Oompas, but the role got bigger. Roy told EW in 2005 that "Five Oompas quickly turned into 165 — and they're not computerized; I did each one individually myself. For example, there are 21 Oompas in the foreground during the first song, and as I acted out each one, we'd bring in professional dancers [as stand-ins] because I couldn't do all 21 at the same time."

After Charlie, Roy appeared in all three Star Trek reboot films — Star Trek (2009), Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013), and Star Trek Beyond (2016) — as well as four episodes of the HBO sports comedy Eastbound & Down in 2010.

Roy married Millie Farris in 2014.

Christopher Lee (Dr. Wonka)

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Christopher Lee appeared in more than 200 films over his six-decade career and was best known for playing villainous characters. Willy's candy-despising dentist dad in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory isn't quite the same as Count Dracula (whom Lee played seven times), but Dr. Wonka is the closest this film gets to an antagonist.

In addition to Dracula and other classic Hammer Horror films, Lee played James Bond villain Francisco Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequels (2002–2008), and Saruman the White in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies (2001–2014).

Lee appeared in four other Tim Burton films as well: Sleepy Hollow (1999), Corpse Bride (2005), Alice in Wonderland (2010), and a brief cameo in Dark Shadows (2012).

Lee married Danish painter and former model Birgit "Gitte" Kroncke in 1961. They shared a daughter, Christina. Lee died in 2015 shortly after his 93rd birthday.

AnnaSophia Robb (Violet Beauregarde)

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AnnaSophia Robb made her film debut in two movies released in 2005; in addition to the super-competitive gum-chewing champion Violet Beauregarde in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, she starred in the comedy-drama Because of Winn-Dixie as Opal. She soon led another adaptation of a well-known children's novel, Bridge to Terabithia (2007).

As she's grown up, Robb has appeared in many films and TV series, including Jumper (2008) and Race to Witch Mountain (2009). She played the lead role of young Carrie Bradshaw in the Sex and the City prequel The Carrie Diaries for two seasons (2013–2014) and Lacey in the Hulu miniseries The Act (2019).

Robb recently played gangster Meyer Lansky's daughter Anne in the biopic Lansky (2021). Her next film is the upcoming action thriller, Rebel Ridge.

Robb married Trevor Paul in 2022.

Adam Godley (Mr. Teavee)

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An English-American actor known for his work on the New York and London stages, Adam Godley made his Broadway debut in 2002 in Noel Coward's Private Lives. He later earned two Tony nominations for the 2011 revival of Anything Goes and the play The Lehman Trilogy. As for the silver screen, he played small parts in the films Love Actually (2003) and Nanny McPhee (2005), and his supporting part as the downtrodden Mr. Teavee in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was his largest film role to date.

Since Charlie, Godley has enjoyed success on television with recurring roles in Breaking Bad (2008–2013), Suits (2013), and in the main cast of The Umbrella Academy (2019–present). He also had a major role as Catherine the Great's tradition-bound Archbishop, "Archie," in the Hulu historical comedy The Great (2020–2023).

Godley lives with his partner, screenwriter Jon Hartmere. Hartmere wrote the book for the 2023 Britney Spears jukebox musical Once Upon a One More Time, and Godley appeared in the show's Broadway production as the narrator.

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